EmpowerHER: Celebrating Emirati Women's Day and their Triumphs.
Emirati women have played an integral role in shaping the cultural, social, and economic landscape of the United Arab Emirates.

With their unwavering determination, resilience, and commitment to progress, they have broken barriers and achieved remarkable milestones in various fields. Emirati Women’s Day serves as a tribute to their contributions, providing a platform to celebrate their achievements and recognize their ongoing efforts in driving positive change. This day not only highlights their accomplishments but also underscores the importance of gender equality and empowerment, inspiring future generations to dream big and pursue their aspirations without limitations.

1 Photographer Noura Al Neyadi.

Noura Al Neyadi, master of her lens, is a documentary maestro, a narrative weaver, and a modern-day anthropologist. Embarking on global expeditions, she traverses continents to commune with indigenous tribes, unraveling the tapestry of their cultures with an artist’s eye and an explorer’s heart.

2 Visual artist Roudhah Al Mazrouei.

Emerging like a desert bloom in 2003, Roudhah Al Mazrouei’s origin comes from Al Ain. A mesmerizing virtuoso of the visual realm, she commenced her dalliance with the alchemy of oil paints in 2016, swiftly navigating its intricate terrain. While her artistic odyssey finds its haven in the heart of Abu Dhabi, her canvases stand as an intersection where the ethereal dance of surrealism converges with the pulsating rhythm of contemporary Arab art. In every brushstroke, her Emirati heritage resonates, a symphony that speaks of the sands, the traditions, and the essence of her culture.

3 Visual artist Sumayyah Al Suwaidi.

Sumayyah Al Suwaidi, an illustrious Emirati virtuoso who comes from Abu Dhabi. Her love for the digital world started in 1996, embarked on her own creative journey in 2001 when she unveiled her first collection, an homage to the revered legacy of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. Each of her projects is birthed from a sketch or the embrace of a photograph, a foundation upon which she orchestrates a symphony of textures, hues, and contrasts. Her creations, born of this artistic alchemy, emerge as rare gems, infused with an irreplaceable essence. The curtain rose on her artistic journey in 2003, with an exhibition in Abu Dhabi where her work stood shoulder-to-shoulder with the UAE’s pioneering artists.

4 Visual artist Maitha Hamdan.

Maitha Hamdan emerges as a conceptual artitst, a sculptor of ideas whose art transcends traditional confines. She goes far beyond conventional boundaries, embracing the enigmatic stages of performance and immersive art installations. Yet, in this seemingly diverse array, a thread of continuity emerges – one woven from fabric and textiles, a tactile connection that unites her creations. Her art becomes makes the stories that linger within the interstices of social boundaries and religious realms, painting a vivid tapestry of human experiences often left unspoken. Venturing into the heart of societal intricacies, Maitha Hamdan’s art is more than an assemblage of materials; it’s a profound exploration, a mirror held up to the uncharted dimensions of our existence. In every performance and installation, she breathes life into the unspoken, inviting viewers to traverse the rich landscapes of her imagination.

5 Photographer Alia Bent Sultan.

Alia Bent Sultan stands as a luminary among Emirati photographers, her work transcending the confines of mere moment-capturing with every photograph becoming a vessel of vitality, a conduit through which the essence of the UAE’s heritage and contemporary visage is breathed anew. Amidst her lens, a particular focus takes shape – the delicate tapestry of Emirati femininity. Through her discerning gaze, Alia weaves a visual narrative that traverses time, encapsulating both the echoes of the past and the vibrant pulse of the present.